If the Nuevitas Jibaro No. 1 doesn’t look familiar to you, it should at least look interesting. Familiar because Nuevitas is a brand that Pete Johnson discontinued more than a decade ago and resurrected in 2018. Interesting because of the quarter inch or so of exposed binder at the foot.
It’s also unusual in its presentation. The boxes are taped at the joints and hold 50 cigars each. Big, 50-count boxes are a rarity in the premium cigar world.
Now that the brand is back on the market, there are a few differences. Nuevitas is produced in Nicaragua at My Father Cigars, the factory owned by the Garcia family. The blend also consists of tobacco grown by the Garcias in Nicaragua. And the cigars, which used to come packaged nude, now wear bands. The Jibaro No. 1 smokes quite unlike any of the other cigars on the Top 25. Upon first puffs, that exposed binder gives the cigar an up-front blast of spice that sets the tone for the rest of the smoke. Once the Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 wrapper starts to burn, the entire cigar really rounds out. The intense spice then recedes a bit to the background, making way for a bold but balanced smoking experience of leather, chocolate, almonds and wood.